FIJI / CLIMATE CRISIS WOMEN GIRLS

26-Apr-2023 00:03:19
The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director, Dr. Natalia Kanem, concluded an official 3-day mission to Fiji, which commenced on 24 April and included visiting Makoi Maternity Unit in Suva, and Nabavatu Village in Vanua Levu. UNFPA
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STORY: FIJI / CLIMATE CRISIS WOMEN GIRLS
TRT: 3:19
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 24 APRIL 2023, SUVA, FIJI; NABAVATU VILLAGE, FIJI
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APRIL 24, 2023, MAKOI MATERNITY UNIT, SUVA, FIJI
1. Wide shot, exterior shot of the Makoi Maternity Unit
2. Wide shot, UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem arrives at the maternity unit and greets representatives
3. Wide shot, Dr. Kanem with maternity unit representatives
4. Med shot, Dr. Kanem meets with a newborn baby and their mother
5. Close-up, Dr. Kanem chats with a mother
6. Close-up, Dr. Kanem chats with a new mother
7. Med shot, Dr. Kanem meets with an expecting mother
8. Wide shot, Dr. Kanem sits with Makoi Maternity Unit representatives
9. Med shot, Makoi Maternity Unit representative
10. Wide shot, Makoi Maternity Unit representatives
11. Med shot, Dr. Kanem
12. Wide shot, Makoi Maternity Unit representatives
13. Med shot, Dr. Kanem with representatives
14. Med shot, Dr. Kanem hands medical equipments to representatives
15. SOUNDBITE(English) Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNFPA Executive Director:
“I’m looking to the fully educated and skilled midwives of Fiji, to take up that challenge of primary healthcare for all, to lead the health sector, including some of the doctors, like myself being a doctor, to have a functioning health team that can adapt in case of emergencies. And I think things look very good for attracting the kind of investment that we need, but also attracting the talents in order to make sure Fiji is equipped to make sure that every childbirth is safe, that every pregnancy is intendented by the provision of contraception, and certainly, the hopes and dreams of a newborn baby will be bright as can be in the future ahead.”

APRIL 25, 2023, NABAVATU VILLAGE, FIJI
16. Wide shot, exterior of the Nabavatu village
17. Wide shot, exterior of the Nabavatu village
18. Wide shot, exterior of the Nabavatu village
19. Wide shot, exterior of the Nabavatu village
20. Wide shot, Dr. Kanem arrives at the village
21. Med shot, Dr. Kanem arrives at the village and greets with local representatives
22. SOUNDBITE(English), Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNFPA Executive Director:
“For UNFPA and the midwives that serve this community, I want to pledge to you that we are planning everyday with our team here and all around Fiji for the benefit of the woman who is pregnant, for the benefit of survivors who have been victimized by abuse or other forms of wrongdoing. And also with the beautiful young people of Fiji as a whole to look ahead at what it is that we are going to construct.”
STORYLINE
The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director, Dr. Natalia Kanem, concluded an official 3-day mission to Fiji, which commenced on 24 April and included visiting Makoi Maternity Unit in Suva, and Nabavatu Village in Vanua Levu.

Dr. Kanem engaged with high level officials of the Government throughout her visit, as well as women and girls, persons with disabilities, healthcare professionals and youth climate activists.

Category five tropical cyclone Yasa, which struck Fiji in 2020, left families homeless and without livelihoods. Recalling her heartfelt interactions with members of the Nabavatu village, Dr. Kanem said: “The women and girls I met described in vivid detail the devastating impacts of the disaster on their health and dignity, and just how essential the sexual and reproductive health and psychosocial support they received was for their recovery. As we work with communities to build resilience to the effects of climate change, it is crucial that we listen to women and young people, prioritize their needs, and include them in policy making and humanitarian action.”

The mission commenced with a visit to Makoi Maternity Unit just outside Suva, along the densely populated Suva-Nausori corridor, where Dr. Kanem witnessed efforts to improve the quality of maternal health care and engaged in discussions on the need for more skilled midwives, especially to reach the most marginalized and farthest to reach communities. While almost all births in Fiji take place with the support of skilled birth attendants, facility readiness to provide safe deliveries is low, thus maternal deaths still remain at 86 per 100,000 live births, according to the Fiji 2019 Maternal Death Surveillance and Response Report. This is higher than the Sustainable Development Goals target to reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births.

"As in many other countries, women and young people in remote, rural communities in Fiji face difficulty in accessing quality health care, including sexual and reproductive health services. There is only one nurse or midwife for every 900 women of reproductive age, with over 90 per cent of them concentrated in urban areas on the main island. This speaks to the urgent need for innovative solutions to improve access to quality services across the country, so that everyone, even in the most hard-to-reach areas, receives the quality health care they need and that is their right.” said Dr. Kanem.

UNFPA started working in Fiji in 1993 when the organization signed its first cooperation agreement with the Government, to provide assistance to the people in Fiji and Pacific Island Countries and Territories. Thirty years on, UNFPA - with the support of generous donors and partners such as Denmark - continues to support efforts to end preventable maternal deaths, to end unmet need for family planning, and to end gender-based violence and gender inequality.
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